PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It has been nearly one month since a nine alarm fire in Boston claimed the lives of two firefighters. Portland firefighters are stepping up to help the victims' families.
The day of that Beacon Street fire, firefighters in Portland were glued to their TVs and their scanners, listening as the tragedy unfolded. They know how much support from fellow firefighters means. Their union, the Local 740, is holding a benefit Thursday night for the families of the victims, and the firefighters who were injured. Portland firefighters were among hundreds from Maine who traveled to Boston for the funerals of both Michael Kennedy and Ed Walsh. They say loss hit them hard.
"Unfortunately yes, it can happen anywhere," event organizer and Portland Firefighter Adam Royer said. "We go to work, we keep it in the back of our minds, we don't like to think about it. When the bell rings we go to work and we do our job and hopefully everyone goes safely at the end of the day."
The benefit is being held Thursday night at 6 pm at the Italian Heritage Club in Portland. Tickets are $20 at the door.